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Patty Craven Named New Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest

A True G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader)™ to Lead the Premier Girl Leadership Organization in Southern New Mexico and West Texas

El Paso, TX— Patty Craven has been appointed CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest (GSDSW) by the organization’s board of directors. She began her work March 11th and succeeds Helen Wronski who served as Interim CEO while the council conducted a nationwide search.

Patty’s Girl Scout experience spans over 14 years. She started with the organization as a parent volunteer holding positions of troop leader, trainer, product chair and service unit manager. She joined Girl Scouts of Central California South in 2009 and she has a thorough understanding of the organization, along with an in-depth knowledge of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. She has previously served as the Membership Manager, Director of Membership and Technology and completed her time at GSCCS as the Chief Membership and Technology Officer.

“Our council is thrilled to have someone of Patty’s caliber, passion, and proven dedication lead GSDSW. Patty’s track record as a leader and commitment to girls' leadership development are unparalleled. She is deeply committed to the future of every girl and is the ideal choice to lead our Girl Scout council,” said GSDSW Board President Judy Leibrook.

Patty holds a Bachelor of Science, Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Before stepping into Girl Scouts, she served as a network engineer at the Fresno County Federal Credit Union and a senior loan officer/processor for Golden Horizon Mortgage. Her professional affiliations include the Rotary Club of Fresno, Fresno Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Fresno Women’s Network.

This appointment is an exciting new chapter for Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest. Patty is looking forward to working with the dedicated staff, volunteers and donors who support the Girl Scout mission to create girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.